1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Kames

Robert Anderson to Thomas Percy, 23 July 1807; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:182-83.



Among our late publications Lord Woodhouslie's Life of Kames is the most considerable. The worthy author appears everywhere the friend of religion and the advocate of civil and ecclesiastical establishments; but he has failed in exhibiting the prominent features of Kames, and is not thought to have executed his task, as a metaphysician, a philosopher, and a lawyer, with a sufficient ability and success. My friend Mr. Ramsay, of Ochterlyre, a neighbour of Kames in the country, informs me that he furnished Lord Woodhouslie with copious extracts from his own biography of that singular man, with anecdotes of judges and lawyers, which his Lordship acknowledges publicly, and yet every thing has been so distorted and misrepresented that he is ashamed, and has written to him to suppress his name as an authority in the second edition of his book.